Minnesota State recipes are based on many of our state's signature foods. Enjoy Minnesota State symbol recipes like fried walleye, blueberry muffins, apple treats, morel mushrooms, wild rice, walleye, and more.
Many Minnesota restaurants specialize in our favorite local foods. Check out the tastes of Minnesota as you explore our state.
Blueberries are one of our favorite homegrown foods and can be picked wild in many parts of Minnesota. Some of our favorite Minnesota state recipes feature them.
1/2 cup butter (softened)
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup milk
2 cups fresh Minnesota blueberries
3 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. freshly grated orange peel
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter and 1-1/4 cups sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add dry mixture to the creamed mixture, alternately with the milk.
Crush 1/2 cup blueberries with a fork and mix into batter. Fold in remaining whole berries and add orange peel.
Fill large muffin cups (use paper liners or grease cups). Sprinkle tops with 3 teaspoons of sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes before removing.
Our Minnesota state recipe page is proud to promote Minnesota wild rice. Here is our favorite Minnesota wild rice casserole:
1/2 cup Minnesota Wild Rice
2 cups cooked chicken, diced
4 slices bacon, diced
1 cup milk
4 cups chicken broth
2 carrots, diced
1 Tbsp. flour
2 medium onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1/4 cup butter, halved
salt and pepper to taste
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
Using "Basic Soak Method" (below), prepare rice for recipe.
In a stock pot, saute' onion, celery, carrots and bacon in 1/2 butter until vegetables are tender. Stir in broth, wild rice and milk. Combine flour with remaining butter and whisk into soup.
Cook, stirring constantly, until soup thickens and bubbles. Add diced chicken and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Rinse 1/2 cup of rice in a strainer. Soak in 3 cups of water overnight (12 hours). Drain rice. Into 3 cups of fresh water, add rice and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain rice. Rice can now be used in any wild rice recipe.
Here is just one recipe featuring our famous Minnesota fish and game. Other Minnesota state recipes featuring wild game can be found at the link below.
2 Minnesota walleye fillets (1/2 lb. each)
flour seasoned with salt and pepper
1 large egg, slightly beaten
3/4 Cup finely chopped pecans
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. minced scallion
3 cup all-purpose flour
1 ripe pear, peeled and cut into slices
1/4 cup white wine
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp. blue cheese
Dredge walleye in flour, shake off excess, dip in egg and coat in pecans. Melt butter and sautè walleye 6 minutes on each side. Transfer fillets to a plate and cover to keep warm.
Drain excess grease. Add scallions and pear. Cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine and cook a few more minutes. Add cream, season with salt and pepper. Add lemon juice. At the last minute, add the blue cheese and spoon over the fish.
Adjust portions to number of people served
Morels fried in lots of butter, salt & pepper to taste
Fresh Asparagus tips cooked until tender
Crisp Fried Bacon Slices
On each plate arrange ingredients in this order:
Fresh cooked asparagus tips
Butter fried morels
Crisp bacon slices
Two poached eggs
Top with lots of Hollandaise Sauce
3 Honeycrisp apples, chilled and cut into chunks or slices
1 cup green grapes, chilled and sliced in half
2/3 cup celery, sliced small
2/3 cup of chopped walnuts
1/2 cup of Hellmans real mayo
4 Tbls maple syrup
Directions: Combine apples, celery and grapes. Combine mayo and maple syrup. Fold into fruit mixture. Sprinkle with walnuts. Chill before serving.
Many of our favorite recipes can be created with fresh foods you will find at local markets including our personal favorite, the St. Paul Farmers Market.
Here is a Minnesota state recipe that combines our tasty blueberries and our favorite dairy product.
3/4 cup milk
1 cup vanilla ice cream or reduced-fat vanilla ice cream
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Combine milk, ice cream, blueberries, sugar, nutmeg,and vanilla in blender. Blend until frothy, scraping down sides of blender occasionally. Pour into chilled glasses. Serve immediately.
We are sharing the recipes that are part of our heritage and history. Every family has recipes that are familiar to them but may be new to others. Minnesota cooking has become more wonderfully diverse as has our population. We would love to reflect that tasty complexity on our Minnesota recipes pages. Share yours!